Home

 
 This is a website about Wing Commander Cecil Victor (known as Micky) Ogden who joined the RAF in its early days after the 1st World War.  His love of flying led him on an eventful flight to India and an equally adventurous war.

  Micky was born in Kasauli, India in 1903. the third son of an Indian Army schoolmaster where he enjoyed a very happy childhood.
 
The family returned to England during the 1st World War and Micky enlisted in the RAF in 1922, specialising in photography. In his intake into the RAF at least Uxbridge, a very famous man (Lawrence of Arabia)  also joined in the name of John Hume Ross . After basic training, they both joined the School of Photography at Farnborough.

After leaving the air force in 1934 he became a test pilot for Bristol Aeroplane Company and a flying instructor for the Wessex Aero Club. 
 His skills as a pilot were brought to wide public attention when he made an adventurous flight to India with his first pupil pilot.  They followed the route of the Australia air race but unfortunately crashed in Persia. Their experiences and eventual rescue are described in the diaries of Lady Blanche Douglas on this site.

Rejoining the RAF in 1941, he was assigned to a Beaufighter squadron in North Africa, covering Egypt, Libya and the Mediterranean.  In 1942 he was moved to Persia to defend Tehran with a wing of Hawker Hurricanes.  He later served as a wing commander in Malta and Algeria in preparation for the Allied landings in the south of France.

 After leaving the RAF in 1947 Micky joined the Ministry of Aviation and was moved to Cardiff Rhoose Airport in 1954 as commandant.  He retired in 1968 after he had planned the airport's future expansion.

He had a long and happy retirement on the south coast and died at the age of 99 in October 2002.   Click here to see his obituary in the Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2002.